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Quadriplegic woman creates art by holding pencil between her wrists

Kelcee Yazzie is a quadriplegic who doesn't let her disabilities hamper her art. (Source: KRQE/CNN) Kelcee Yazzie is a quadriplegic who doesn't let her disabilities hamper her art. (Source: KRQE/CNN)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE/CNN) - From the moment her pencil hits the paper, Kelcee Yazzie never loses a smile.

"Because everyone needs to smile, and you want to make someone smile," she said.

Just by looking at each carefully shaded face and every fine line in her drawings, you’d never know that Yazzie is quadriplegic.

"I didn't even have a single tear on me or anything because I didn't know what was going on."

After a bad car accident in 2010, 29-year-old Yazzie lost almost all control of her body. After the accident, she began to frequently draw on her stomach with her palms together. The art, however, is something truly remarkable.

Not long after the accident, a nurse at AMG Specialty Hospital in Albuquerque introduced her to the works of Frida Kahlo. With a pencil nestled between her wrists, Kelcee uses her drawing skill to create unbelievable works of art.

Most of her work is done in shades of gray, except one particular piece is in color: a portrait of actor Christopher Reeve, physicist Stephen Hawking, and herself.

"We all ended up in wheelchairs but really, I will forever see us as still standing," Yazzie said.

That’s how Yazzie chooses to see her life: with an upbeat attitude, bolstered by a smile and her pencil.

"I bring joy to people with my drawings and that's what keeps me going."

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